ERIC Number: ED496074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-11
Full Inclusion: The Benefits and Disadvantages of Inclusive Schooling. An Overview
An overview of debated issues related to the benefits and disadvantages of inclusive schooling. The beliefs of districts, school personnel and parents are widely differing as related to the placement of students with special needs in inclusive settings. The examples of current federal laws help to shape the debate of full inclusion in schools today as well as question best practices of pedagogy within all districts. Current legislation that determines the civil rights of a student with disabilities can be clouded by districts due to differing interpretations of the law. Improper use of inclusive terminology regarding special education also furthers the debate and confusion of proper placement for students with special needs. Definition of terms related to special education, mainstreaming, and inclusive schooling help to better understand educational jargon concerning inclusion. Benefits of full inclusion reveal the progress students make socially and academically. Disadvantages of an inclusive setting show the decline of licensed professionals to help students with special needs. Conclusive studies have determined certain benefits for students with special needs while in a full inclusive setting. While other studies have shown that inclusive schooling is a disadvantage for both the general education and special education student. Success for students with special needs is determined individually by all members of the IEP team to determine if inclusive schooling is a benefit for that individual child.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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